Apple Watch Notifications Master Class: Take control of your notifications

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One of the key attributes of the Apple Watch is its ability to not only display notifications, but to also give you a slight tap on the wrist when something of importance arrives, either to your Apple Watch or iPhone. Here's where things can get a bit muddled. When you transition from iPhone to Apple Watch, what you define as important can also change. How you manage notifications on both devices can have a major impact. Now that you're wearing a notification system, dialing in your preferences should have a profound effect on not only the usefulness of the watch, while¬†also reducing any unwanted nag factor. How to access your notifications How to read and dismiss a notification How to enable the notifications indicator How … [Read more...]

How to set up and pair your Apple Watch with iPhone

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If you just got your Apple Watch, congratulations on owning a truly awesome device that will have your traditional timepiece cowering in fear. Before we start the setup process, I hope you've taken some of our recommendations on what to do before you get your watch. If not, it's still worth checking out, as some of the tips might improve your overall experience with Apple Watch. Once you've finished unboxing your precious, it's time to setup and pair Apple Watch with your iPhone. While it isn't necessary to have a full charge, you should consider charging it prior to beginning this process. If you can't wait, that's understandable. It ships with plenty of juice for setup and beyond, so let's get started. What You'll Need: The … [Read more...]

10 Things To Do Before Getting A New Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch sold out within minutes and now those lucky enough to get orders in are waiting with baited breath, in hopes for a shipment confirmation. Gone are hopes of any April 24th in-store availability, with the earliest availability now pushed to June. That can feel a bit like, forever. If you're getting your Apple Watch on launch day, you can thank your good fortunes and your local UPS driver. Those waiting for eternity, you've got the specter of spring weather to dull the pains of gadget lust, gone unfulfilled. And if you're still undecided, our Apple Watch Buyer's Guide has got your back. For those firmly in the wearable tech camp, there are things you can and should do before getting your new Apple Watch. 1. Update iOS … [Read more...]

Avoiding the Apple Watch App Glut

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There's a euphoria, an excitement that comes with unpacking a new Apple Watch. For years, you've fantasized about wearable technology that only Apple could design and the day is almost upon us. The Apple Watch represents an entirely new way to interact, to communicate. The software, while advanced, will undoubtedly go through many transitions over the next few years. Think back to the original iPhone software and how that has undergone drastic changes since iOS 1.0, when there weren't even third party apps. But that's not the case with Apple Watch, there will be no shortage of apps on day one. In fact, many sites are documenting lists of each and ever app. It makes sense, as people are generally interested in what apps they can install on … [Read more...]

Apple Watch Sport Ion-X Display Cover Put Through Scratch Test

The display cover on the Apple Watch Sport is made from aluminosilicate glass. Marketed as Ion-X, Apple describes it as being "fortified at the molecular level through ion exchange, with smaller ions being replaced by larger ones to create a surface layer far tougher than ordinary glass." The more expensive Apple Watch uses a sapphire display, a incredibly hard material that boasts a high level of scratch protection. So just how scratch resistant is the Ion-X display of the Apple Watch Sport? Unbox Therapy managed to source the display cover through Sonny Dickson, who has a history of sourcing authentic parts before products begin shipping from Apple. It fares well against keys, knives and even steel wool. Provided you don't take … [Read more...]

The ultimate iOS 9 wish list

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iOS 9 is expected to be introduced at Apple's yearly worldwide developer conference, which takes place between June X and June X. It's the one time of year where the focus is solely on software. Don't worry, there will be plenty of time in September and the fall to introduce the iPhone 6S and new iPads. What's great about Apple is how with each new iOS release, they manage to support a good number of older models. Often you don't need a new iPhone to experience the new features found in the latest and greatest versions of iOS. It's like getting a new iPhone, but without the contract or $200 price tag. This year we've seen Apple push as many as three major point releases, with yet another in beta. But the time for iOS 8 too shall pass and in … [Read more...]

Apple Seeds iOS 8.4 Beta To Developers, Features Revamped Music App

Apple today released a new beta to developers. iOS 8.4 beta was released to developers. The new release features major changes to the Music app, headlined by an all-new design. You can personalize playlists by adding your own images and description. Albums can be played right from the album list. Recently added¬†music is automatically placed at the top of your library. It features a streamlined iTunes Radio and a number of new features. Apple is expected to launch a new streaming service that features Beats, so this is likely changes in advance of that service. The full changelog can be found at Apple. … [Read more...]

A less than magical Apple Watch retail experience

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To coincide with the start of pre-orders, Apple started allowing customers to schedule appointments that allow you to try on the Apple Watch. With pre-orders sold in a matter of hours, some models less than 30 minutes, some of these appointments have become people seeking affirmation post-purchase. Did I buy the right size? Do I love the band I chose and what new bands should I buy? But this goes well beyond sizing and bands. After all, this isn't any ordinary watch. This is the future, on your wrist. While many flocked to the Apple Store during the first weekend, today was the first time I had to experience the Apple Watch. Making an appointment could not have been easier. If you visit the Watch section of the store, there is a link … [Read more...]

Apple Watch: The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide

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The Apple Watch is the most personal device ever and it's unlike any product available from Apple. It's an incredibly exciting product that will change how we interact with technology, but deciding which Apple Watch to buy is no easy task. For one, this is a device was designed to be worn, so you'll come in contact with the watch case and band materials on a daily basis. There are 38 different models. If you don't typically wear a watch, there is the added factor of size and weight. With the cheapest model starting at $349, this isn't a purchase decision to take lightly. And if you're planning on the Edition model, which starts at $10,000, you want to be sure you're making the right decision. That's where we can help. Presented below is our … [Read more...]

Apple releases iOS 8.3 featuring new emoji and more!

Apple today released iOS 8.3 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The new release brings hundreds of new emojis. There are a ton of bug fixes and performance improvements. To upgrade OTA, you'll need a WiFi connection. Navigate to Settings > General > Software Update. Improved performance for: App launch App responsiveness Messages Wi-Fi Control Center Safari tabs Third-party keyboards Keyboard shortcuts Simplified Chinese keyboard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth fixes Fixes an issue where you could be continuously prompted for login credentials Addresses an issue where some devices disconnect intermittently from Wi-Fi networks Fixes an issue where hands-free phone calls could become disconnected Fixes an … [Read more...]